ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10)– Volunteers with the American Red Cross and a few other community groups went door to door on Saturday to give away free smoke alarms.
Mayor Kathy Sheehan attended the event saying, “Prevention is the key because once a fire starts then it is a challenge and you know that there is going to be some level of damage. We just want to avoid loss of life. “
Volunteers and workers from the Red Cross teamed up with members of the Ancient Order of Hibernians canvassing area neighborhoods to install the very simple piece of equipment, one that has the ability to save lives. “Often time it’s because of a lack of an alarm that the person didn’t get out of the house,” Sheehan said.
Red Cross workers and community partners have already visited neighborhoods in Schenectady, Amsterdam, and Fort Plains to educate people on the importance of smoke alarms.